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The activist, author, lecturer, and musician will address more than 3,000 graduates.

Waterbury, Conn. (April 18, 2022) —Post University will welcome noted race reconciliator, author and musician Daryl Davis as its keynote speaker for the 2022 spring commencement at the historic Palace Theater on Sunday, May 15.

After a chance encounter with members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1983, Davis embarked on a mission to identify the source of hate and change the way Americans handled racial discourse. His critically acclaimed memoir, “Klan-Destine Relationships,” chronicled the conversations that resulted from his meetings with members of the notorious organization and his documentary, “Accidental Courtesy,” received praise from CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, TLC, NPR, The Washington Post, and many others.

His TEDx presentation, “Why I, as a Black Man, Attend KKK Rallies,” has been viewed more than 12 million times and has inspired a resurgence of interest in race relations. Davis has received the Elliott-Black and MLK awards, as well as numerous local and national recognitions for his work combating racism.

In addition to his activism, Davis is an accomplished musician and actor. He performs nationally and internationally with The Daryl Davis Band, and has worked with music legends including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Legendary Blues Band, and many others. As an actor, he has appeared in the HBO police drama, “The Wire.”

Post University will host its 132nd commencement on Sunday, May 15 at the Palace Theater located at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury. A 10 a.m. ceremony will be held for all Main Campus undergraduate students and all graduate degree earners, including Post online, Main Campus MBA and American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences master’s and doctorate students. An afternoon ceremony for all online Post University Undergraduate students will be held at 3 p.m. To learn more about the commencement ceremony, please visit


Based in Waterbury, Connecticut, since 1890, Post University is known for its focus on providing online and on-campus students an extraordinary educational experience with a level of personalized support that addresses their needs. Among the first in the nation and the first in the state of Connecticut to offer full degrees online, Post works with students to assist them with meeting their personal aspirations and career goals. Post University accomplishes this by providing students with their own academic counselors who assist them during their time of enrollment and provide information on the variety of support services available to students and programming options in a variety of career areas. Many programs have minors and areas of concentration that allow students to focus on career areas that are of specific interest to them.

In the spring of 2021, Post established two schools at its campus — American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences and the School of Continuing Education. These schools proudly join with The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, School of Arts & Sciences, and John P. Burke School of Public Services and Education in continuing Post University’s tradition serving the community by providing quality educational services.

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